Yes - we welcome you to nominate any qualified students after the deadline, if you choose to do so. This includes students who may have been overlooked in the original nomination process or even students who earned a qualifying score that was not available until after the deadline. A test score from the current academic year, no matter when the test was taken or the score reported to the school, may be used to determine eligibility. Note that spaces in the program are in very high demand and will begin to fill exceptionally fast the same day we send invitations. As a [...]
We welcome any support that you wish to provide to us in the way of creating an open line of communication with your families. If you plan to or are considering sending information about the program to nominated families prior to our email invitation in January, we kindly request to see a copy of the communication prior to its release. This helps us ensure that any facts, figures or other information provided about the program accurately reflect any changes we have made for the upcoming year but might not have yet announced publicly. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your [...]
Once the priority nomination deadline passes in January, students you have nominated will receive an official invitation email from DECATS with instructions for how to participate.
No. By virtue of your adding students to your list of nominees, you are testifying to their eligibility for the program. It is ultimately your decision as to whether you nominate a student, regardless of whether they meet the age and test score criteria.
Can I export the information DECATS needs from an already existing database or school information system (SIS)?
Yes! If you are nominating a large number of new nominees, you can send us a spreadsheet for importing to our platform and then make subsequent additions or adjustments using the Nominator's Portal. For details, go to Manage Nominees and then click the Upload Nominees button at the top.
Any score that meets the 95th percentile or above criterion Any overall score, any average score or any individual subtest / section score in any subject area A score from any school year, past or present, including any score obtained this spring
DECATS is open to students who: will complete third through sixth grades this academic year, and have a ranking in the 95th percentile or above on any nationally standardized achievement test, creativity test or reasoning test, in a specific area, in multiple areas or as an average score overall